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Rep. Amash Calls for Audit of RNC Over Treatment of Paul Delegates | THE JEENYUS CORNER


By Raven Clabough

During an August 26 rally for Ron Paul in Tampa, Florida, with nearly 10,000 supporters in attendance, libertarian-leaning Representative Justin Amash (R-Mich.) called for an audit of the Republican National Committee after it seated delegates from states with a great deal of support for Ron Paul at the edges of the convention floor.

The Houston Chronicle reports, “Delegates from U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, American Samoa, and the Northern Marianas Islands get better seats than Ron Paul’s supporters.”

According to a convention seating chart obtained by Politico, “the delegations from Nevada, Louisiana, Maine, Minnesota and Oklahoma all located on the outer fringe of the convention floor. Each are states with significant Paul followings.”

Paul’s campaign manager, Jesse Benton, who has been accused by Ron Paul’s supporters of being a neoconservative saboteur, did not consider the RNC’s seating choice for Paul delegates an issue. “I am glad so many of our delegates get to sit close together,” he said.

The GOP and Romney’s campaign have seen to it that Paul’s supporters are denied a place on the convention floor, even though Paul has five states — Louisiana, Oregon, Massachusetts, Oklahoma, and Maine — enough to grant him official recognition on the floor. Convention rules permit a candidate who controls five state delegations to make a motion on the floor; however, Romney’s lawyers successfully stripped away Paul’s delegates, thereby limiting the power of Paul’s supporters to seek to amend the party platform or nominate Paul.

Ron Paul’s supporters have complained about the treatment by the Romney-controlled convention officials.

“I think it may be time we audit the RNC,” Amash said at the Paul rally, according to the Houston Chronicle.

Amash, an outspoken supporter of Paul, had this to say about his choice for the Republican presidential nominee: “There is no next Ron Paul. He is one of a kind. No one can replace Ron Paul.”

Despite his support for Paul, however, Amash decided to endorse Mitt Romney, as has Paul’s son Rand.

There have been numerous cries of foul play as Romney and the GOP have strong-armed the convention and rewritten the GOP rulebook. The New American’s Joe Wolverton noted:

The RNC Rules Committee voted 63-38 to create a new party rule granting the ruling cabal — and by extension their candidate, Mitt Romney — unchecked power to change the party’s rules.

At the urging of the Romney campaign’s chief attorney, Ben Ginsberg, the new rule allows the RNC to rewrite the party’s rulebook without the approval of the full Republican National Convention.

The new scheme is an unprecedented power grab that gives the GOP’s presumptive nominee power to control the party and to effectively prevent any dissenting man or message from penetrating the thick veil of control draped by the Establishment over the nominating process.

Remarking on this, Paul told his supporters, “They’ve learned how to bend rules, break rules and now they want to rewrite the rules! But then again, maybe they’ve been paying attention to what’s going on in Washington. [The RNC has] been bending the rules and breaking the rules and rewriting the rules for too long, and that’s what we have to stop from happening.”

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